Honey, I shrunk the iPad! [iPad mini]
iPad, iPad 2, The New iPad, I’ve have them all. And, they have all been great devices. I have used many tablets, and always landed on the iPad in one form or another. They have always felt like the right device for me. Honestly, the only thing that has kept me looking into new Android tablets as they are realized, is when they are a smaller form factor. I have always secretly wanted a slightly smaller iPad. It’s not that the iPad is too big, it’s a fantastic computing device, but I have a slightly different problem. My tablet is an “in between device”. I want it to be right in between my phone and my laptop. Trouble is, when your laptop is an 11" MacBook Air, a 10" iPad is not really in between anymore…
Like any Apple product line, rumors are constant and never cease with their ability to be far fetched. So of course the rumors of a “smaller iPad” had to be taken with an entire salt mine rather than a grain. But, sure enough, it turned out to be the truth not too long ago. When the iPad mini was announced, I was in possession of the third generation iPad Retina w/4G. I was immediately on board and pre-ordered that Friday night at midnight.
One week later, I had it in my hands and I have not looked back since. Of course the biggest worry people have when switching is “the lack of retina display”. I have to say, it doesn’t bother me anywhere near to what I thought it would. Even when I use my wife’s Retina iPad, I don’t feel like I made a mistake switching. (Will I upgrade to next year’s iPad mini when it gets a retina display? of course I will! haha) It is an excellent size and shape. It also now fits perfectly in between my 11" MacBook Air and iPhone 4S.